Published: November 2, 2010
Shelby Antiques Show was hosted September 27⁏ctober 2 by its new owner, just a month after buying it. Charlie Roth, a dealer at the show for many years, bought the rights to it shortly before it opened, and had to manage it as though it was a brand-new show.
For a variety of reasons, the prior managers had been unable to put the show together so Roth had the task of getting dealers into the show and running it. Considering the little time he had, most exhibitors said they believed he did a pretty good job. Conducted at Harmonie Hall, the show is just a few miles off the main road for all the Texas Antiques Week shows.
Roth said he “plans to spend a great deal” of his time between now and the next show in March “filling the site again, and also making the public aware of it †building the gate.” As a dealer, Roth said, “I know how important this show has been to the dealers and shoppers and we expect to have its 55-year tradition continue.”
Exhibiting this fall were about 20 dealers with collections that included furniture, jewelry, dishes and earthenware, small antiques and fine art. Jean Warman Antiques, managed by Warman’s daughter, Jan Staudinger, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was offering great smalls. As the show opened, she collected sales about as fast as a train conductor collects tickets. Her mother was very well known for the excellent little pieces she had, all at reasonable prices, according to one unnamed shopper who had at least nine objects in his pile within ten minutes of the show’s opening.
Country Club Antiques, Bartlesville, Okla., was showing small furniture and household accessories. Josephine Loya, the owner, said she has been exhibiting at Shelby for too many years to skip a show.
Victoria’s House is Victoria Pierce’s business from St Petersburg, Fla. She focuses on estate jewelry and early English earthenware and porcelain †with good quality on offer.
The former co-owner of the show, Sarah Sang, was now an exhibitor showing early quilts and Nineteenth Century furnishings. Even the new owner was selling from his inventory of English earthenware and fine art.
Roth does not yet have a website for the show, but he expects to have it up soon. In the meantime, he can be reached at 678-640-2529 for information regarding the next spring’s show, which will be March 29⁁pril 2.
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